18/11/2013 at 09:19
Rats are never far away in tow or country so feeding birds can just make them more visible, especially in cold weather when they become bolder about nicking food in daylight.
I get round the problem by using hanging fat ball and peanut feeders and limiting the amount of loose seed I put down for gorund feeders so it' sgone by night fall. I've also taken one of those cheap rectangular compost sievs you can buy, stapled some fine net mesh to it to catch small seeds and suspended it from teh same place as the fat balls. It gets a supply of loose seed every day and most of the ground feeders - except the chaffinches - have adapted to feeding from it. That means even less spare food for the rats.
I also bung sachets of rat poison down their tunnels when I find them.